3000km round trip through central Australia

Matt

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Location
Australia
G'day guys. I have a 3000km round trip from Mildura Vic to Yaraka Central Qld. Going to go via broken Hill and head straight north via the silver city highway. Holf will be paved roads other half dirt tracks. Has anyone els done a trip similar to this and can you offer any advice?
I'd like to get to yaraka in 2 days as I'm meeting a few mates there for a week before comming home.
 

Roy Gavin

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I wouldn't try for 750 km/450 miles a day a day on dirt roads, safer at half that, three days might put you under a bit less pressure and let you enjoy the trip as well as the destination.
And the weather might change on you too!
Check you mobile coverage and fuel - if you are off the main highway might not be a lot coverage or out of hours fuel.
 

Matt

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Location
Australia
I've never 650km+ trips easy enough. The first half is road it's the second half that's dirt road ( it's not 50/50 distance wise but speed wise as I'm planning on going much slower off road ). I'm hoping to get a good 8 to 10 hours on the road the first day to get most of the way and then the second half take it slower and have more breaks. I can get fuel every 300km +/- a few km so will try and carry an extra 4 litres of fuel too just incase, but should have enough between stops to get to each stop without that.
 
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petespace1

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Location
NSW Aus
I agree with Roy, you might want to give yourself 3 days. New bike and inland roads 450km +/-per day then rest up and check over bike.

As you know things come loose on a thumper . So check your relays (esp fuel pump) every day and push back in. Take a pack of spare bolts. + the usual - your expanded tool kit , spare tubes, tyre repair kit etc. I always take nut bars and water in case I am stranded somewhere. But I am a bit OCD like that 😀. I’m sure you have done long rides before so a lot of what I’m saying maybe part of what you do anyway.

Good luck Matt, and look forward to your stories and pictures of the trip. 👍
 

JulianK

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Location
Germany
On paved roads my average speed is 45kph lunch and coffee breaks not included. My preferred travel speed is about 90kph on the speedo and average is usually half of that. I have no such formula for off road riding.
I like to spend a riding day on the bike riding, time between camps 12-14h. I don't rush, I enjoy lunch break and I stop to take in a nice view. A 400km+ day on paved roads I likely consider a transit day.
650km would be a hard riding day for me. Mixing in many dirt roads I would not do that ride on one day unless I need to work next day, Visa is running out, or I have booked an expensive ferry.

I don't know Australia maybe bring a second method of navigation, especially phones break easily. Bring extra water.

If there is 300km between fuel stations and you have an appropriate container, yes bring fuel.
 
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Matt

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Location
Australia
My favourite speed while travelling long distance is 90kmh also. It's comfortable and I get my best fuel range that way. And after some thinking over the weekend I've come to the conclusion I'm being way too optimistic and going to take Roy Gavin's advice. Will do the first 650km in one day then after that take the second half of the trip over two days and enjoy some of the towns along the way. There's a nice historical museum with dinosaur bones at Eromanga that deserves a stop!
 
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Matt

Well travelled
Location
Australia
I agree with Roy, you might want to give yourself 3 days. New bike and inland roads 450km +/-per day then rest up and check over bike.

As you know things come loose on a thumper . So check your relays (esp fuel pump) every day and push back in. Take a pack of spare bolts. + the usual - your expanded tool kit , spare tubes, tyre repair kit etc. I always take nut bars and water in case I am stranded somewhere. But I am a bit OCD like that 😀. I’m sure you have done long rides before so a lot of what I’m saying maybe part of what you do anyway.

Good luck Matt, and look forward to your stories and pictures of the trip. 👍
Yes I take all of these apart from a spare inertube and pump which I'm now considering. I'm usually over the top with water and like to take at least 2 days worth with me just incase and olive oil dried meat and nuts as the oil keeps me full for a long time.
 

Matt

Well travelled
Location
Australia
On paved roads my average speed is 45kph lunch and coffee breaks not included. My preferred travel speed is about 90kph on the speedo and average is usually half of that. I have no such formula for off road riding.
I like to spend a riding day on the bike riding, time between camps 12-14h. I don't rush, I enjoy lunch break and I stop to take in a nice view. A 400km+ day on paved roads I likely consider a transit day.
650km would be a hard riding day for me. Mixing in many dirt roads I would not do that ride on one day unless I need to work next day, Visa is running out, or I have booked an expensive ferry.

I don't know Australia maybe bring a second method of navigation, especially phones break easily. Bring extra water.

If there is 300km between fuel stations and you have an appropriate container, yes bring fuel.
I have a garmin GPS watch ( Fenix 6 pro ) that I use for that. It's saved my arse a few times while I've been hunting out bush and gotten lost.
 

Metalsnacks

Well travelled
Location
Sydney Australia
Do you live there or are you just passing through?
Sort of live here. Usually I do half a year here (Jan-Jul) working at Zilzie wines. Then a combo of Sydney and travelling for the remainder of the year. But because of Covid and a few other factors I've now been here for nearly 2 years. Got my bike Learners here back in 2017and practiced by riding the maze of tracks along the Murray and the railway line. Love the Mallee.
 

Morgan60

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Location
NW USA
Hello Matt,
How was the trip? Any photos of it you can post? I’ve always wanted to take a ride in your beautiful country.
 

Matt

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Location
Australia
Just a few photos from the trip. Took my rifle with me too and did a spot of hunting, I will leave those pictures out though as I understand some don't appreciate photos of animals or firearms.
 

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petespace1

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Location
NSW Aus
Nice pics Matt.
Just looking at some of your pics I can feel the bulldust coming through the helmet on to the face up nostrils etc. Hope you didn’t find many bulldust holes.
 

Matt

Well travelled
Location
Australia
Nice pics Matt.
Just looking at some of your pics I can feel the bulldust coming through the helmet on to the face up nostrils etc. Hope you didn’t find many bulldust holes.
It was all dust on the way up and all mud and wet on the way back. Was one hell of an experience that's for sure. Do e a few local trips since but can't wait to do the next big one again!
 
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